Now that all of the major dominoes have fallen in free agency, we have a good idea of what each NBA team’s starting five looks like. This piece is going to take a look at each of the 30 teams, and in typical NBA Power Rankings style, we’re counting down from 30 to decide who’s got the best starting lineup in the league.
We had to make a few assumptions, but these starting lineups are based off of ESPN.com’s NBA depth charts. A few changes that we had to make, based on either common knowledge or assumptions based on the depth chart:
- Replaced Jonas Jerebko with Greg Monroe on Detroit Pistons
- Replaced Paul George with Chris Copeland on Indiana Pacers
- Left Eric Bledsoe in as starter with the Phoenix Suns
Last season, the top five performing starting lineups in terms of the difference in efficiency were the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets. Obviously we’ve had some major changes in the league, with the Pacers losing their top two contributors, the Cleveland Cavaliers re-tooling in a legendary fashion and the Chicago Bulls hoping for just enough luck to keep their squad healthy all season.
You’ll see a few surprises, you’ll probably disagree and I’m easy to find. Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter what you think.
Note: The lineups are PG/SG/SF/PF/C and are based on ESPN.com’s projections.